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Criminal Law

Every Stage of Criminal Proceedings

In criminal proceedings, the only person on your side is your attorney. Having a run-in with law enforcement can be a frightening and embarrassing experience. It may also place your future at great risk. Criminal allegations or a conviction can affect your career and employment, not to mention educational opportunities and your reputation as a whole. You may find that personal relationships are threatened or even destroyed.

Misdemeanor Criminal Charges

Misdemeanor charges can carry serious penalties, including jail time of up to one year and result in significant fines and loss of licenses. When you are charged with a misdemeanor, including a traffic offense, domestic violence, drugs, or property crimes, Vervaecke Law and Mediation will aggressively work to reduce penalties and to make sure you receive a fair trial. 

Felony Criminal Charges

Felonies involve a property crime, theft, sex offense, drug crime, violent crime or other crimes against a person. When you are faced with felony charges, you need an experienced advocate to ensure that your rights are protected and that you are treated fairly in court. A felony arrest is not to be ignored or just “hope for the best”. You are facing jail/prison time, fines, and loss of your liberty.

Domestic Abuse

Unfortunately, sometimes people allege domestic violence or abuse to “get the upper hand” in a protection order, or are otherwise facing accusations of domestic violence. It is important to immediately hire an experienced attorney and file a request for a hearing. In the meantime, follow the terms of the protection order!

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